Everything posted by Larby
Seattlejester I'm all for a bit of feedback and throwing around some ideas! Thanks! I didn't want to ask for it, as I don't want people to think I'm just here to take information. I've got various plans for modular engine bays, different base cars etc, but figured I had to start somewhere. I believe that something Nissan based would be the biggest seller, and the 350Z is just so readily available in the UK and US. Over here the R33 Skyline would be a logical swap, but they're not so common in the states. They're also getting on a bit and have their own issues, not to mention less power even with a turbo compared to the 350Z! It would be easy enough to make a setup with totally universal engine mounts, a flange kept as far out of the way as possible, so people can just adapt to whatever engine they like. I'll have to look into how Factory 5 do it with generating their own VIN. I guess it's a case of registering as a car manufacturer. More homework for me to do. If it were easy though, everyone would be doing it!
Hi Seattlejester! Thanks for your response, really appreciate your input. What you say about the VIN is right, I need to look into that. I know how it's all done in the UK, but I'm not so up to speed in the US. I figured there must be a relatively easy way, as there's so many kits available based around the Miata etc. Over here we have something called 'SVA - single vehicle approval' for kit cars etc. I don't forsee any issues with the 350Z setup in a shorter body, other than the changes which would affect any setup by reducing wheelbase. I still need to decide whether to use our adaption subframes to reduce the width down to stock 240 spec, or keep the 350 width so one could use wide arches without spacers or excessive offset. Maybe both should be an option in the end. I'll have a read of the mentioned threads, thanks for directing me to those! Cheers, Larby
Hi all, I'm James, otherwise known as Larby. Long time lover of the S30 models, never yet owned one! I live in Guernsey, Channel Islands. It's a little 5 mile by 7 mile island between the UK and France. Tiny place, no 240's! I run a performance fabrication & tuning company here, with my background being in Land Speed Racing & Engineering. Most of the work we do at present is bespoke for local customers, but I have a plan I've been thinking about for a while now, which I'm aiming to have underway by the end of the year... I'm looking to build a low volume production 240z kit car. Working with a UK based company who produce a fibreglass replica shell & all panels for the 240z, I intend to take this a step further and develop it into a semi spaceframe 'kit' of sorts, based on a newer Nissan. The concept is to give people the ability to build a modernised 240z without needing an original car at all. Maybe you're planning a track car build, or some wild conversion etc. Saves having to start with a rusty original, when you can go straight to a FRP bodied version with full integral rollcage and far superior running gear. In the first instance I'm looking to use a 350z as the donor vehicle, though this is still open to change. Cheap and easy to buy, decent 300hp N/A V6, good running gear & gearbox, seems like the ideal donor. I'd be looking to use as much as possible from the 350z, with tubular conversion subframes to interface between the 350z running gear, engine, gearbox etc and the 240z body. I'll be using the search function a LOT over the next few weeks, to look into what's already been done and learnt. Should anyone have any suggestions, please feel free to let me know! Ideas for the project, potential issues or threads you think I should read, I'm all ears! That's about it for now, I look forward to becoming a part of this community! Cheers, Larby